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Postby coleminer » Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:26 pm

Wow, anyone have any insight into this and projected impact?

Cliff Floyd (OF) NY-N 3/9/2006
Floyd is scheduled for an ultrasound of his kidneys Thursday after a team physical revealed above-normal creatinine and blood urea-nitrogen levels - two early indicators of renal failure, the NY Newsday reports. Floyd won't know the results until Wednesday, when he returns to see a local specialist. The doctor can determine from the ultrasound if there is a blockage or if the kidney has atrophied. But Floyd has already developed high blood pressure and high cholesterol, two more genetic markers from his father, who battled kidney disease and ultimately needed a transplant, and Floyd said there is blood in his urine. The doctor also warned him that it's time to make significant changes in his diet. Floyd said he was told his kidneys are operating at 48-percent efficiency, and while that number does not put him in danger at the moment, any further slide could be serious. He will keep playing until he knows the results of the tests, at which point a decision as to what needs to be done going forward will be made.
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Postby Simulacrum » Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:31 pm

Oh jeebus. Wish you'd posted this yesterday, I just drafted Floyd this morning.

It says he can play for the moment though, and that he needs to make drastic changes to his diet. I gotta think if this kidney thing doesn't take him down, eating a much healthier diet could actually be good for him on the field.
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Postby phillibuster » Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:32 pm

I wish Cliff Floyd well, he was a great asset to the Metro's last season. He plays hard even when injured. I hope to have him back in the lineup.

This being said, and i'm not sure the Mets are ready for this yet, but this may open the door for Lastings to get an opportunity to come to the bigs sooner than later. I wish Floyd well, but the Mets have a good fall back if needed.
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Postby logan » Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:39 pm

thank the lord the league i have him in i have some solid backup options.
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Postby cordscords » Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:09 pm

Wow

I hope he starts eating right so no further damage is done to his kidneys.
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Postby BigLebowski » Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:37 pm

:-? Interesting half the posts were wishing him well so no further harm is done, and half were complaining cause they just drafted him. Hmmmmm
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Postby Simulacrum » Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:05 pm

BigLebowski wrote::-? Interesting half the posts were wishing him well so no further harm is done, and half were complaining cause they just drafted him. Hmmmmm


You make a good point. I neglected to mention that I also wish a speedy recovery to Floyd as a person rather than just as a part of my fantasy team. ;-D
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Postby logan » Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:11 pm

_Simulacrum_ wrote:
BigLebowski wrote::-? Interesting half the posts were wishing him well so no further harm is done, and half were complaining cause they just drafted him. Hmmmmm


You make a good point. I neglected to mention that I also wish a speedy recovery to Floyd as a person rather than just as a part of my fantasy team. ;-D


well of course i hope the guy gets better ,and not just becasue i drafted him.
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Postby Goat Punishment » Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:14 pm

I wish him well also. He is one of the most exciting Left handed batters to watch these days, and it would be a shame if this became serious.
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Postby Simulacrum » Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:32 pm

More on this-

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Mets' Floyd having problems with kidneys, but has to wait for diagnosis

BY DAVID LENNON
STAFF CORRESPONDENT

March 9, 2006

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - The memory that haunts Cliff Floyd most about his dad's battle with kidney disease is how rapidly he was transformed by the illness. Now the Mets' outfielder is worried that the same thing could be happening to him.

Floyd is scheduled for an ultrasound of his kidneys today after a team physical revealed above-normal creatinine and blood urea-nitrogen levels - two early indicators of renal failure. Floyd won't know the results until Wednesday, when he returns to see a local specialist. But he's already developed high blood pressure and high cholesterol, two more genetic markers from his father, and Floyd said there is blood in his urine. The doctor also warned him yesterday that it's time to make significant changes in his diet.

"When you really go in there and see what's going on, you have to ask yourself: Do you want to live or do you want to die? It's up to you," a shaken Floyd said upon returning from his morning appointment. "Could it be serious? Well, listening to [the doctor], yeah. Am I at the point where I'm on dialysis? No. But the percentages she gave me, it does cause some concern.

"Something's going on. And we're going to find out exactly what it is that has my percentages not where they should be."

Floyd said he was told his kidneys are operating at 48-percent efficiency, and while that number does not put him in danger at the moment, any further slide could be serious.

Dr. Miriam Chung, a nephrologist at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, said that patients who dip below 20 are potential candidates for a kidney transplant. Once they reach the 10-15 range, Dr. Chung said, dialysis is necessary. That's why Floyd must discover what is impairing his kidney function, and the ultrasound, along with more extensive blood tests, is the next step.

The doctor can determine from the ultrasound if there is a blockage or if the kidney has atrophied. But if the kidney is normal in size, Dr. Chung said, a biopsy may be necessary. "I think with any kidney disease, it's important to find out why they are having the failure," Dr. Chung said. "You basically need to know to determine the correct management plan."

Floyd must now wait for a diagnosis, and that can often be the most difficult part. It happened that way for his father, Cornelius, who had no idea how sick he actually was while the disease ravaged his kidneys.

"All of a sudden, he started deteriorating, right in front of our eyes," Floyd said. "It was unbelievable. My dad's eyes started swelling. His legs started swelling. You can't digest your food, so his breath was horrendous."

Floyd was only 13 at the time, and when his dad reached a critical stage, he somehow drove him to the hospital, though he had yet to possess a learner's permit. Floyd sped to the emergency room, and his father was connected to the dialysis machine that saved his life. Cornelius was only 35 years old when the disease struck. Two years later, he received a kidney transplant and is now doing fine.

In talking about his situation, Floyd, 33, mentioned Darryl Kile, who died of a heart attack at the same age, and Monday's passing of Kirby Puckett, who was felled by a massive stroke at 45. Floyd said he felt OK yesterday, and plans to keep playing until Wednesday's follow-up appointment. But he can't pretend like everything's fine, either. Not with the medical evidence he's been confronted with.

"When she told me that 75 percent of your body functions can fail, that scared the -- out of me," Floyd said. "You could be sitting at home thinking you're fine and you could be getting sicker by the minute. Unfortunately, the one thing about kidneys is you don't know until a week before dialysis that you need dialysis."

In the meantime, Floyd is adhering to his doctor's orders. No more salt, no fast food and no soda. Floyd is back on anti-inflammatory medication to help his throwing shoulder get through the rigors of spring training, but that can be damaging to the kidneys, too.

"More times than not, doctors think because you're a big guy everything's cool," Floyd said. "But talking to the doctor, she said that's not the case. Things aren't normal. They're off."
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